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Former IGP cautions parents on human trafficking



Mr Solomon Arase

A former Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has advised parents to carry out thorough background checks before entrusting their children to anyone.

He made the call on Thursday in Lagos during a book launch with the title, “We are priceless”, authored by a crime security reporter, Juliana Francis.

Arase, currently the Chairman of the Police Service Commission(PSC), said it was essential to prioritise the safety and well-being of the young ones.

According to him, profiling individuals who express interest in taking care of children is a responsible approach.
“Parents should not simply hand over their children to anyone who volunteers to take them to the city or elsewhere.
“It is important to assess the character, reputation, and intentions of individuals before making such decisions,” he said.
Arase, also the Chairman of the Occasion, advised parents on the importance of ongoing monitoring.

He noted that once parents had entrusted their children to someone, it was imperative to maintain regular contact and keep a tab on their activities.


The PSC boss said that obtaining the phone numbers and contact information of the individuals responsible for the children’s well-being remain crucial for effective communication and oversight.

“Keep a tab on your kids as they go along. Get the phone number of who they are going to stay with and know what they are doing, it is a holistic approach,” he added.

Arase suggested that training law enforcement officers was essential in countering these crimes.

This, he said, coud be achieved by educating law enforcement personnel about the signs and the checklist of indicators associated with human trafficking and other crimes against children.

Mr Godwin Morka, a retired director, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), called for
collective responsibility in combating the crime.


Morka said that cmbating human trafficking requires a united effort from individuals, communities, organisations, and government agencies.

“There is need for concerted effort by all to stop human trafficking.

“It is doing great damage to Nigerian youths, particularly the female gender.

“The book launched by Francis is one way to the directive, others should join in any capacity in fighting the menace,” he said.

The author, Francis, who shared a personal experience of how she was raped at a young age, pleaded with parents to exercise caution and not blindly trust individuals who offer to sponsor their children’s travel expenses.


According to her, the personal experience inspired her to become passionate about covering the activities of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and helping girls who have been victims of trafficking.

Francis said that she was raped at a tender age and could not tell anyone, but after graduating from university she started covering NAPTIP.

“I saw girls being trafficked and raped. I became passionate about reporting the manace, especially covering NAPTIP and the girls.

“I saw a 10-year-old girl kept in a hotel, being violated and raped by whitemen and her madam was collecting money (dollars) from the men,” she said.

Francis, CEO of Youthlsens Initiative Development, a non-governmental organisation, said, “we need to start to educate our girls so that when someone tell them he want to take them to abroad they should know nothing is wrong.”


She urged parents to be careful and not just release their children to anybody who volunteered to take them abroad and foot the traveling bills.

The Publisher of securitynews called on everyone to unite to fight the crime.

“Everyone should become a campaigner, I want my book to have an effect, it’s a family book, even though the target may be secondary school students.

“Everybody should be more enlighten about issue that has to do with human trafficking,” she said.



FRSC launches 2023 “Ember” months campaign in Abia, warns against overloading



The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Abia Sector Command, has launched this year’s “Ember” months campaign against overloading and speed before and during the Yuletide.

In a speech at the event in Umuahia, the South-East Zonal Commander of the corps, RS9HQ, Mr Ocheja Ameh, said that the campaign would focus on encouraging road users to observe safety measures.

The theme of the campaign is “Speed thrills but kills: Drive responsibly and avoid overloading”.

Ameh said: “The focus of our campaign this year is against overloading, failure to install speed limiting device by commercial vehicles, dangerous driving, lane indiscipline and absence of wipers.

“Also, vehicles that are abusing the use of several lights in the night, other than the factory-fitted ones and use of phone, while driving, amongst others.


“I want to assure you that this year’s campaign will be more vigorous than that of last year, because we want to start early for best results.”

He thanked the government and stakeholders for their support to FRSC programmes, adding that the corps was poised to intensify it’s campaign against violation of safety rules by road users.

The Acting Sector Commander, Mrs Bridget Asekhauno, said that the campaign was targeted at recording minimal road crashes, zero fatalities and free flow of traffic during the Yuletide and going forward.

Asekhauno said that in order to achieve its goal, the command had deployed personnel, operational vehicles and ambulances in all the strategic roads across the state as well as made provision for mobile courts.

She urged drivers to install speed limiting device, use safe tyres in their vehicles and avoid overloading their vehicles with humans and animals, amongst other infractions.


She also said that the command would not hesitate to prosecute violators of any road safety rules and urged road users to cooperate with FRSC personnel deployed in various locations in the state.

In a speech, Gov. Alex Otti of Abia said that the FRSC core mandate of minimising road crashes and fatalities was in line with Abia Government’s agenda to achieve effective traffic management in the state.

The governor, represented by the Commissioner for Transport, Mr Sunny Onwuma, described road safety as a shared responsibility, which makes it important for all drivers to drive safely to save lives.

Otti urged road users to obey traffic rules and regulations to enable them to arrive at their different destinations, safely.

Earlier, the State Chairman, Nigeria Association of Road Transport Owners, Mr Amobi Ohaeri, commended the corps for embarking on a campaign to encourage safe driving.


Ohaeri said that the effort would greatly help to improve the orientation of road users, especially commercial drivers, in driving responsibly and appealed to FRSC to conduct regular enlightenment programmes, particularly in motor parks.

“This campaign should go beyond Ember months.

“Take it to churches, mosques, town hall meetings, because drivers belong to all these places and do consider starting a road safety club for drivers to further drive the message home,” he said.

Also, the State Coordinator of FRSC Special Marshal, Chief Jerry Onyemachi, commended FRSC and the security agencies for their collaborative effort toward keeping the roads safe.

Onyemachi called on the people of Abia to be law-abiding and adhere to the safety measures outlined by FRSC.

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Subsidy: You can’t embark on strike, FG to NLC, TUC



The Federal Government, on Thursday, asked the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, to shelve their plan to embark on a nationwide indefinite strike action on October 3.

Government maintained that the proposed industrial action by the labour unions would amount to a gross violation of a subsisting court injunction.

It stressed that issues bordering on fuel subsidy removal, which informed the decision of the NLC and the TUC to declare the strike action, are already pending before the National Industrial Court, NIC.

According to FG, it was due to the willingness of the unions to enter into a negotiation over the issue that it was persuaded to withdraw a contempt proceeding that it initially instituted against them.

Therefore, the government, through the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), wrote to the head of the legal team of the two unions, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), urging him to persuade his clients to abort the planned strike action.


The letter, dated September 26, read: “The attention of the Ministry has been drawn to media reports on the proposed nationwide strike action by the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress, TUC, scheduled to commence on 3rd October 2023.

“You are kindly invited to recall the antecedence of previous steps/actions on this matter, particularly the exchange of correspondence between this office and your firm, before and after the nationwide ‘action/protest’ declared by the NLC on 2nd August 2023.

“Whilst your clients had maintained that the nationwide protest by NLC is in furtherance of its constitutional right to embark on protests, the Ministry has repeatedly advised on the need to advise your clients to refrain from resorting to self-help and taking actions capable of undermining subsisting orders of a court of competent jurisdiction.

“It is also to be recalled that based on the conduct of the said nationwide action/protest, this Office instituted contempt proceedings against the labour leaders.

“However, upon the intervention of the President and National Assembly, coupled with the decision of the labour unions to discontinue their action/protest, the contempt proceedings were not prosecuted further.


“This was advisedly done to enable the government and labour union engage in further negotiations without any form of encumbrances.

“However, in its Communique issued at the end of its National Executive Council meeting on 31st August 2023, NLC resolved to embark on a total and indefinite shutdown of the nation within 14 working days or 21 days from 31st August 2023.

“Also on 26th September 2023, the Presidents of NLC and TUC, jointly issued a communiqué stating that organised labour had resolved, ‘to embark on an indefinite and total shutdown of the nation beginning on zero hours Tuesday, the 3rd day of October, 2023.’

“From a review of the contents of the above communiques and available media reports, the proposed strike action is premised principally in furtherance of issues connected with the removal of fuel subsidy, hike in fuel price and consequential matters of making provisions for palliatives and workers welfare.

“These are undoubtedly issues that have been submitted to the National Industrial Court for adjudication.


“Therefore, the proposed strike action is in clear violation of the pending interim injunctive order granted on 5th June 2023 restraining both Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress from embarking on any industrial action/or strike of any nature, pending the hearing and determination of the pending Motion on Notice.

“We wish to reiterate that a court order, regardless of the opinion of any party on it, remains binding and enforceable until set aside.

“It is the expectation of the public that the labour unions would lead in obedience and observance of court orders and not in its breach.”

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chief of Staff to the President, National Security Adviser, Inspector-General of Police and the Director-General, State Security Services, DSS, were copied.

Recall that the labour unions had vowed to enforce an indefinite nationwide strike action from October 3, following Federal Government’s failure to address the economic hardship that Nigerians are currently facing owing to its unplanned removal of fuel subsidy.

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